8:03 AM CDT, May 6, 2013
The nine-day shutdown of the Wells Street bridge and major rerouting of CTA trains is over: The bridge reopened overnight and trains were running normal schedules this morning across the 90-year-old double-decker structure.
The bridge was closed at 10 p.m. April 26 so the last segment of a reconstruction project could be welded into place. Trains started running over the bridge again at 4 a.m. today, according to CTA spokesman Steve Mayberry.
The CTA was reporting no travel problems on its website.
The bridge was also closed in early March so another segment at the south end could be replaced.
The bridge will remain closed to pedestrians and vehicles until late November, according to the Chicago Department of Transportation.
The bridge over the Chicago River was built in 1922.
The city's next expected commuter headache, expected to affect tens of thousands of customers daily, will commence May 19 when the CTA closes down the Red Line's Dan Ryan branch for a track-replacement project that is expected to take five months.
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